■ii illil|^ ^^S
^i ■ A
Dr. Randall J. Webb, President
Northwestern State University
As the millennium nears a close, we at Northwestern are
taking time to mark a significant anniversary for our
institution. In 1999, the College of Nursing celebrates its 50th anniversary. North-
western was the first public university in Louisiana to offer a baccalaureate pro-
gram in nursing when the first class was admitted in 1949.
Before the nursing program was formed, there was a strong need to combine
several smaller programs run by hospitals in the region. Northwestern formed
the program to help meet the needs of the region for trained nurses who could
play a major role in health care delivery. Northwestern has met that need. If you
have spent time in a doctor's office or hospital in Louisiana, there's a good chance
that a Northwestern graduate helped care for you.
The College of Nursing offers the associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees
in nursing. The bachelor's degree program in radiologic technology is also housed
in the college.
NSU offers nursing classes in Shreveport, Leesville, Alexandria and
Natchitoches. Through distance learning, classes can also be sent to hospitals in
Ferriday, Bunkie and Winnfield.
Our College of Nursing has always sought to meet the highest professional
standards. The program has consistently received high marks from state and na-
tional organizations that have evaluated it. Our faculty have always demanded
the best from our students and have received it.
Several events are planned throughout the year to commemorate this 50th
anniversary. I hope you will join me in saluting the faculty, staff, and students
who have made Northwestern's nursing program a model of
Dr. Steve Horton, Director
Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends:
I once again thank all of you who supported our phone-a-thon in the late fall.
We were able to raise nearly $15,000 for the Alumni Association and its many
activities. I am pleased to know that you all think that much about what we are
doing as a group.
Over the past months we've seen several projects through completion, includ-
ing the renovation/refurbishing project in the Alumni Center, the Annual Fund
Drive, the student/alumni recruiting functions, and our chapter programs through-
out the state. Now we begin to turn the page to bigger and better things.
During the spring and summer the Alumni Association and the Office of Ad-
missions and Recruiting will be hosting receptions in the homes of our alumni so
that we can recognize the nearly 700 scholarship recipients for the 1999-2000
school year. Very few universities have alumni who are willing to open their
homes for such activities; needless to say we're excited to "show off our alumni to
prospective students and parents.
We also look forward to our Golden Jubilee celebration that will recognize
the Class of 1949. You'll notice later in the magazine that we are looking for
"lost" graduates from that class. If you can connect us to any of these missing
people, or if you know a '49 graduate who has not received correspondence about
the weekend, please call us as soon as possible. We look forward to another
Thanks again for all of your notes, updates, and suggestions. Keep them coming!
Official Publication of Northwestern
Organized in 1884
A member of CASE
Volume XI Number 1 Spring 1999
The Alumni Columns (USPS 015480) is published
4 times a year by Northwestern State University,
Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71497-0002 Periodicals
Postage Paid at Natchitoches, LA, and at
additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send
address changes to the Alumni Columns
Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA,
Alumni Office Phone: 318-357-4414
NSU ALUMNI OFFICERS
President Tommy Chester
Vice President Ginger Wiggins
Secretary -Treasurer Steve Horton
Executive Director. Steve Horton
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969
Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964
Carroll Long Tyler, TX 1970
Dale Bernard Lake Charles, 1972
David Morgan Austin, TX 1973
Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958
Adrian Howard Arlington, TX 1989
Leah Sherman Dallas, 1986
John Ramsey. New Orleans, 1986
Joe Cunningham, Jr. ...Natchitoches, 1984
Jimmy Williams Baton Rouge, 1993
Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974,1975
Raymond Arthur. Natchitoches, 1964
Ginger Wiggins Jackson, MS, 1986
Luke Dowden Negreet, LA
The Alumni Columns is published in
spring, summer, fall and winter.
Dr Steve Horton
I NSU I
Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis-
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097:
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac-
calaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees.
It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi-
ana not to discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion,
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro-
grams, activities or employment practices as required by Title
VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimi-
nation in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act of 1963,
the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Executive Or-
der 11246, Sections 503 and Section 504 of the Rehabilita-
tion Act of 1973 and Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veter-
ans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.
M '^rom glass stethescopes to energized lahorato-
m^ ries, the nursing program at Northwestern
^L State University has made many changes
since its inception in 1949, but one thing remains con-
stant — the program's mission to protect the public
and produce safe, knowledgeable practitioners.
"It has always been a good program," said Dr.
Norann Planchock, dean of the College of Nursing.
"Right now, we're celebrating our successes during the
last 50 years and are planning for even more in the
next 50. "
With many of its 7,000 alumni having made significant con-
tributions to the health care profession, the College of Nursing
is hoping to "reclaim" its alumni and work toward better com-
munication and networking opportunities among its graduates.
With receptions planned throughout the state, the implementa-
tion of a newsletter and the launching of a website on the
Internet, the College is hoping to get the word out about the
programs at Northwestern and encourage potential students to
enroll in Northwestern.
Northwestern 's baccalaureate program in nursing was estab-
lished in September 1949, making it the oldest state-supported
nursing program in Louisiana. The implementation of the pro-
gram followed a study by a national consultant which identified
the need for a collegiate-based nursing program.
In response to the study, five hospitals agreed to phase out
their diploma programs in support of the bachelor of science in
nursing program at Northwestern. Those hospitals which affili-
ated with Northwestern for clinical experience were Highland
Sanitarium, North Louisiana Sanitarium, Shreveport Charity
Hospital and Tri-State Hospital, all of Shreveport; and E.A.
Conway Memorial Hospital in Monroe.
In 1950, Baptist Hospital in Alexandria joined the other hos-
pitals in cooperation with the nursing program, followed by
Baton Rouge General Hospital one year later, and Central Loui-
siana State Hospital in Pineville in 1952.
The demand for such a nursing program was obvious from
the rapid increase in enrollment. Some 77 freshmen started the
program in the fall of 1949. Enrollment in the program increased
by almost 100 after just one semester, and by the following fall,
it had reached 285. The Shreveport campus now claims enroll-
ment averages of more than 1,000 upperclassmen.
Northwestern 's Shreveport campus not only serves students in
the nursing program but those seeking bachelor's degrees in
The program has seen some changes through the years. When
the school of nursing began, students were given the option of
exiting the program after three years with either a diploma or
completing the four-year program for the baccalaureate degree.
The diploma option was phased out in the late 1950s. It wasn't
until 1972 that students could obtain an associate's degree in
nursing. Implementation of the master's program also began in
1972, with that program being accredited in 1979.
AL..,^ QcU,^ Sf.^1^ 1W / 1
Although much has changed in the curriculum be-
ing followed at Northwestern during the past 50 years,
one thing has not changed — the program's mission to
assist students in achieving their professional goals
by becoming responsible and contributing members of
their chosen profession and society.
In Otis Crew's "History of Northwestern State Col-
lege of Louisiana," Julie Tebo, former secretary and edu-
cation supervisor of the Louisiana State Board of Nurse
Examiners said Northwestern's nursing program of-
fered just what the community needed.
"I have watched the development of nursing pro-
grams in Louisiana for over 25 years," Tebo said, "and
Northwestern State College offers the type of program
that will bring the greatest satisfaction to the worker
and a needed service to the people."
In the Educational Opportunities and Information
issue of the October 1949 Northwestern State College
Quarterly, a statement about the need for nursing was
made that Planchock said still rings true today —
"People are increasingly aware of the importance of
health. This awareness has created an unprecedented
demand for professional nurses who will participate in
varied and unlimited opportunities in rendering com-
munity health services. There is every reason to be-
lieve that this demand will be lasting."
That demand for nurses will not go away, Planchock
said. On the contrary, a big problem facing the health
care industry today is the need for more nurses. Cur-
rently, more than 150 vacancies could be filled with
qualified nurses in the Shreveport area, she said, but
there is not enough interest in the field. That problem,
combined with the "graying" of nursing faculty across
the nation, will put a strain on the nursing profession
as a whole.
She said more nurses are participating in the RN to
BSN programs, and more are becoming nurse practi-
tioners rather than following the education track. "We
are going to have a nationwide nursing shortage in two
to three years," she said. "We need to get more stu-
dents involved in the programs."
Meanwhile, more nurses are participating in post-
graduate work at Northwestern than the national av-
erage, Planchock said. Graduate programs in nursing
generally serve 100 students, while Northwestern's pro-
gram has almost 150 participants.
To better prepare students for additional opportuni-
ties in nursing. Northwestern began to teach courses via
Internet, a move which will allow those with associate's
degrees to obtain their bachelor of science degrees. The
vision of the College of Nursing, according to instructor
Maxine Johnson, is to expand that outreach program to
include graduate and other course offerings.
Throughout the past 50 years, Northwestern's College
of Nursing has continued to be a success story. All of its
programs have maintained national accreditation since
the initial accreditation review and currently hold Na-
tional League for Nursing accreditation. The
baccaulaureate and master's programs also hold provi-
sional accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate
Nursing Education. Graduates of Northwestern's under-
graduate programs excel on the licensure exams, and
the master's students continue their excellent perfor-
mance on national certification examinations.
Many of its 7,000 graduates have made remarkable
contributions to health care within Louisiana and
throughout the United States. Whether they run health
care systems or collegiate nursing programs, Northwest-
ern graduates are making an impact on the health care
industry everyday, Planchock said.
Through the years, though, many of Northwestern's
nursing alumni have been "lost," Planchock said. Cur-
rently, the College is working on updating its alumni list,
searching for those who graduated from the program who
have not kept administrators aware of their moves, both
professionally and personally. Once a comprehensive
alumni database is established, Planchock said plans for
a nursing newsletter should commence.
Also during this, the golden anniversary of the nurs-
ing program, Planchock said the College of Nursing will
host receptions in the areas of the state where the pro-
gram began — Alexandria, Shreveport and Baton Rouge.
Additional plans for the celebration include a mass
reunion at Homecoming, which is slated for the week-
end of Oct. 29-30. Planchock said all graduates of the
program should attend the event, with individual classes
planning different activities.
"We're doing a lot of things we've never done before,"
Planchock said. "But we've got a good program here, and
we want everyone to know about it." lijlll
fiu^^t^ CftMt^i^ S^A^^ 1^rn / 2
Northwestern's College of Nursing is finding new
ways to improve the nursing profession. The
university's RN to BSN program is one of the institution's
most rapidly growing. The program is designed for
nurses with associate degrees who want to earn a
Four NSU faculty members recently studied students
in the program to describe the typical student, deter-
mine demographic data for the participants, gather data
regarding barriers to program completion and learn
about the perception of quality of the program. The sur-
vey by faculty members Dr. Patricia Simmons, Billie
Bitowski, Diane Webb and Carolyn Hartt, included just
under one-third of the students in the program.
According to the results of the survey, the typical RN
returning to school was a 35-year old married Cauca-
sian female graduate of an associate degree program
who worked full-time as a staff nurse in an urban hos-
pital. The mean length of time from graduation until
enrollment in the RN to BSN curriculum was just un-
der eight years.
"Many nurses find that getting their BSN or MSN
can help them advance their career," said Webb, the di-
rector for non-traditional studies in nursing and an as-
sistant professor of nursing. "The degree can help them
get the job they want or open up other options such as
teaching which requires a master's."
Webb said the RN to BSN program provides more than
skills needed on the job.
"The students receive an introduction to nursing re-
search and understand that research has a documented
impact on patient care," said Webb. "They also become
more aware of political issues that affect the profession.
They also learn to become more assertive and take a
The research helped fill in a gap for faculty in nurs-
"We found that there wasn't much in the literature
about students in this situation," said Simmons, the di-
rector of graduate studies and research in nursing and
an associate professor. "We tried to describe what the
non-traditional student was like and what they thought
of the quality of the program."
The researchers found the factors most often prevent-
ing students from completing their degree had nothing
to do with classroom activity. According to the survey,
job and family responsibilities were most likely to inter-
fere with a student's academic progress.
"The two obstacles we could not control were rated
highest, while class time and distance traveled to class
were rated low," said Webb.
According to Webb, nursing faculty received high rat-
ings from students in the program.
"Students had a number of comments on the adult
learning environment. They were treated as peers and
were respected as a colleague," said Webb. "Students
place a high value on that respect."
As a result of the research, Webb said more flexible
scheduling and alternate teaching strategies should be
considered to better meet the needs of non-traditional
The faculty members hope to present the results of
their study at upcoming professional conferences and in
academic or professional journals.
\jO^^ invites you to come home
ieutenant Governor Kathleen
Blanco has made recruitment
of retirees to the state a top
priority. West Central Louisiana
supports this initiative with an
aggressive program designed
to invite and welcome poten-
tial retirees to our region.
Northwestern State Univer-
sity, in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of
Economic Development, is encouraging Northwestern
alumni who are thinking about relocating or retiring to
reacquaint themselves with this area as they research
retirement or relocation possibilities.
The six parishes are Natchitoches, Sabine, Vernon,
Beauregard, Winn and DeSoto. A group of local folks
who live in these parishes are available to talk with
those interested. They are called PALS (People who Ap-
preciate Louisiana). They will be delighted to be a con-
tact and are prepared to give you first-hand knowledge
of the advantages of returning to this beautiful part of
PALS is planning to invite interested parties to visit
Natchitoches and the other participating parishes over
the July 4th weekend. For further information call
Dawn Hebert, coordinator for the project toll-free at
Job location assistance for
stndents is successful
Finding a job to help pay for college expenses has got-
ten much easier for Northwestern State University
students. In its first five months of operation, the
university's Job Location and Development Office has
helped more than 80 students find part-time work at
Twenty-six businesses have hired NSU students, who
have earned more than $74,000 to help them get through
"The service has been great for students," said Keleta
Johnson of Natchitoches, who works at Bright Beginnings,
a daycare center in Natchitoches. "They helped me put
together a resume and helped me find the right job."
Johnson, an early childhood education major, found a
job which will help her prepare for her career.
"I was able to find something related to my major, so I
found a job that helped me while I was in school and can
help me later," said Johnson.
More than 300 students have applied for assistance
through the Job Location and Development Office. Stu-
dents begin the process by completing a registration form
and setting up an initial appointment to identify needs
and skills. They receive assistance in preparing resumes,
interviewing skills, and they also participate in other
workshops to help them in their job hunt.
"So far the Job Location Office has been extremely
successful and has surpassed the goals we have set for
the entire year," said Job Location and Development
Officer Ina Agnew "We do not guarantee employment,
but we do offer opportunities for students to get their
resumes in the hands of hiring organizations, so students'
search efforts are multiplied."
Agnew expects additional businesses to utilize the ser-
vice which is available at no cost to employers or students.
She plans to work with businesses in Shreveport, Alexan-
dria and other commimities in central and northwest Loioi-
siana to help them find students who can fill part-time
positions. For more information, contact the Job Location
and Development Office at (318) 357-5621. 1
^fac^ of^t/te^ ^/H2ce/et c/HHonecf
f^ helley Colvin of Winnfield won the title of Miss
^^Northwestern Lady of the Bracelet at the 40th
annual pageant held Friday. The pageant is sponsored
by NSU's Student Activities Board. Colvin received
approximately $5,000 in scholarships and prizes for win-
ning the title. She will represent NSU at the Miss Loui-
siana Pageant to be held in Monroe in June.
Colvin, a junior theatre major, won the swimsuit,
talent and evening gown
competition. She also won
the People's Choice Award,
voted on by the pageant
Jamie Freeman of
Plaquemine was first run-
ner up, Rebecca Brettel of
New Orleans was second
runner up, followed by
Amanda Duncan of
Denham Springs and
Christal Traylor of Hooks,
Texas. Traylor was also se-
lected Miss Congeniality.
"It's pretty amazing to
win the title. It hasn't sunk
in for me. Maybe it will after
I've been congratulated a few
times," said Colvin. "I was
surprised I did so well in the
preliminaries because the
others did so well."
Colvin is the daughter of
Jim and Debbie Colvin and
is a graduate of Winnfield
Senior High School. Colvin is
a member of Phi Mu Frater-
nity, Alpha Lambda Delta
and Blue Key Honor Society.
Colvin has been named to the
President's List at North-
"Participating in this pageant is so much fun. Back-
stage we were saying it didn't matter who won because
we enjoyed ourselves so much," said Colvin. "The Stu-
dent Activities Board really keeps you involved in ac-
tivities throughout the week."
As Miss Northwestern Lady of the Bracelet, Colvin
received a one year full scholarship from Northwestern's
Office of Admissions and Recruiting, free textbooks from
the University Bookstore, a meal plan provided by
ARAMARK and $500 cash provided by the Student Ac-
mong the many
LOB alumnae at-
tending the 40th Annual
Lady of the Bracelet
was Kahne Diapola
Bandaries ('59), the first
Lady of the Bracelet to
be crowned. Bandaries
and several former LOB
queens spent the day on
campus and attended
The newest art
Northwestern is as
big as the entire cam-
pus. The university
has constructed five
pedestals to provide
space for student
works are on display
outside the A. A.
for Creative and Performing Arts. Two more pedestals
have been set up outside Roy Hall.
"This is an excellent way for our students to display
their work," said NSU Professor of Art Rivers Murphy.
"People have to make a special effort to view work in a
gallery. They have to make up their mind to go see some-
thing. This way students can see a work as they walk
Two of the sculptures on display are untitled works
by graduate student Eva Williams. The third work is "Pe-
gasus Transformed" by George Wolfe of Natchitoches, a
retired art teacher who is taking classes at NSU.
"The works blend well with the architecture. They add
a great deal to the area," said Murphy. "The pieces are
not up for a set time. We plan to rotate them as often as
Murphy says that art students have been energized
by the new opportunity to display their work.
"For them to have an opportunity to display their work
in this way is a motivating thing," he said. "The stu-
dents have done a lot of talking among themselves and
several have set a goal of getting a work on display out-
Murphy thanked NSU President Dr Randall J. Webb,
Director of the Physical Plant Loran Lindsey, Facilities
Coordinator W.K. Norman and John Whitehead of the
NSU Carpenter's Shop for their assistance in construct-
ing the pedestals.
President's Council Notes
During the summer of 1993 the
President's Covincil of Northwest-
ern State University was established. It is
composed of alumni, faculty, staff and
other friends of the university who share
a common goal of imiproving Northwest-
ern and helping Northwestern meet the
needs of its students.
People in education, business, industry
and the professions make up the Council,
which acts as an advisory panel to Dr.
Randy Webb and assists in the raising of
Membership is based on an annual
unrestricted gift of $1,000 or more per
year to the operational fund of the NSU
Foundation. This commitment is above
and beyond donations to other university
programs such as the Alumni Association,
Athletic Association, etc. The Council
meets at least once a year on campus with
smaller meeting sat various geographic
This special giving club is now accept-
ing nominations and members for 1999.
The tax deductible membership contribu-
tion can be made by check, VISA, or
MasterCard and may also be made in
quarterly installments. Checks should be
made payable to the NSU Foundation.
Active membership in the President's
Council is important to Northwestern. It
sends a message to the administration
and other members of the faculty, staff
and students, that people care about the
future of Northwestern. Please give
careful consideration to joining this elite
group of Northwestern supporters.
The annual Scholarship Auction sponsored by the
Northwestern Athletic Association will be held Saturday,
Aug. 28 in Prather Coliseum. For more information, contact
the Athletic Association at (318) 357-5251.
/I A.^K.u C«/«»«v,v, S^.^ ^-W / S
■^ orthwestern has received the largest private
I ^^ donation in its history, a gift of approximately
$600,000 from the estate of Miss Alice E. Dear of Alexan-
dria. The gift will provide scholarships for students in the
Mrs. H.D. Dear, Sr. and Alice E. Dear Department of Cre-
ative and Performing Arts. Piano and violin students will
be the initial beneficiaries.
The Department was named in honor of the Dears in
1994 when Alice E. Dear originally agreed to make the
gift to Northwestern. Miss Dear died last year.
"Alice Dear and her mother have enabled the music
program at Northwestern to move to a higher level," said
Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb. "Faculty
members and students for years to come will benefit fi-om
their kindness and generosity."
Webb noted that neither of the Dears attended North-
"But they had a very special relationship with people
associated vdth our music program and with one of our
alumni, Karl Moore," said Webb. "They recognized North-
western offers a first-class music program, and that this
institution has played a prominent role in educating stu-
dents in Louisiana and beyond. I hope alumni and other
friends of Northwestern will join us at the University in
cherishing the memories of these thoughtful ladies."
Bill Brent, head of the Mrs. H.D. Dear, Sr. and Alice
E. Dear Department of Creative and Performing Arts,
said the gift will help NSU as it recruits students.
"It wall make it possible for us to attract some of the
finest string and keyboard musicians in Louisiana and
the region," said Brent. "We will be able to provide a
great deal of scholarship assistance to those deserving
students. I look forward to getting out on the road and
finding those top students."
The Dear family hved in Vernon and Rapides parishes.
They came to Vernon Parish v^dth the Gulf Lumber Co.
and settled in Fullerton. Alice Dear was a graduate of
Leesville High School. Mrs. Dear, a Georgia native, was
a prominent music teacher for many years.
Mrs. Dear was a graduate of the Meridian Conserva-
tory of Music and studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory
of Music. Her students won niunerous statewide piano
competitions, often against more experienced students.
Over a number of years, Mrs. Dear was closely associ-
ated with Northwestern. She established a series of con-
certs beginning in the 1960s. The concert series, which
ran until 1977, was held at Alexandria's Convention Hall
and featured Mrs. Dear's students and the Natchitoches
- Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. The concerts show-
cased some of Mrs. Dear's top students, each of whom
performed a full concerto with the orchestra. Mrs. Dear
also provided scholarships for many Northwestern stu-
dents prior to these concerts.
"Alice Dear and her mother were dedicated to music,"
said Moore, who was a neighbor of the Dears. "They had
a bond with Northwestern. They loved Northwestern.
The Dears put a lot of emphasis on education and showed
that with this gift."
In 1976, Northwestern President Dr. Arnold Kilpatrick
awarded Mrs. Dear the NSU Service Award at the an-
nual Christmas Gala. The Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. Memorial
Scholarship was established in the Department of Cre-
ative and Performing Arts in 1987.
Miss Alice E. Dear was a teacher in Rapides Parish
for 35 years. She taught subjects including English
and music to several generations of Rapides Parish
Physics s^ufien^s receiue research award
A team of Northwestern State physics students has
secured $1,803 in funding through the 1998-99
Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Awards. The
awards are presented annually through the Society of
Physics Students, an organization of the American In-
stitute of Physics. Students fi'om Northwestern have been
named award recipients for four consecutive years.
The money vidll be used to purchase a Celestron PixCel
238 charged-coupled device camera to be mounted on the
University's 14-inch reflecting telescope.
In the proposal, the students said the CCD camera
would allow them and other undergraduates to conduct
"relevant astronomical research, particiilarly with regard
to variable stars and cluster field identification."
f^L^y^J. QcUn^^ ^^ I'i^ / i
The students who wrote the proposal, Kenneth
Homann of Houston, Lacey Sepulvado of Noble and Jeri
Thiels of Jena, said the CCD camera would be used in
conjunction with the telescope to "study previously
unexamined variable stars, track their period of pulsa-
tion to determine their distance from the earth and plot
their light curves."
The three students are members of Northwestern's
Society of Physics Students. The organization's faculty
advisor is Dr. Gary White, coordinator of the Depart-
ment of Chemistry and Physics.
In the award letter, Bo Hammer, acting manager of
education for the American Institute for Physics said
the committee was "very impressed" with the students'
^epnrtment of ^ocinl \%/?otk is crented
in the QpiieQe of ^ibcr«l £?^rts
.^^■phe Department of Social Work has been created
^^ within the College of Liberal Arts. The formation
of the new department has been approved by the Board
of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System
and the State Board of Regents. The social work pro-
gram was previously part of the Department of Social
The new department will include six faculty and more
than 250 social work majors.
"This department was created in response to the prac-
tical need to better serve students," said Claudia Triche,
acting head of the Department of Social Work and an
associate professor of social work at NSU. "Having a
department will make it easier for them to take care of
scheduling and other needs."
The social work program had departmental status
until 1983 when it was consolidated with the Depart-
ment of History to form the Department of History, So-
cial Sciences and Social Work. That department was later
renamed the Department of Social Sciences.
Formation of the department was also suggested by a
consultant who examined the program in preparation
for its upcoming reaccreditation.
"Accrediting agencies want the program to be free-
standing so there is assurance that the needs of the pro-
gram are being attended to," said Triche.
Northwestern's program was accepted for membership
in the national Council on Social Work Education in 1970
and was granted full accreditation in 1977. The program
has been one of the most rapidly growing at NSU, qua-
drupling its enrollment over the past 12 years.
Continued accreditation assures the quality of the
program and also provides its graduates with advanced
standing in master's programs, allowing them to earn a
graduate degree up to one year sooner.
Enrollment for the
spring semester at
creased as 8,299 stu-
dents signed up for
classes, according to
Registrar Lillie Frazier
Bell. Enrollment last
spring was 8,280 stu-
"We feel good about
our student enrollment
for the spring semes-
ter," said NSU Presi-
dent Dr. Randall J.
Webb. "Our enrollment
was close to our fall fig-
ures even after consid-
ering that approxi-
mately 600 students
graduated in December."
A total of 5,568 students were enrolled on the
Natchitoches campus. Enrollment at branch campuses
in Alexandria, Leesville, Shreveport and other sites was
Total undergraduate enrollment was 7,262, while
graduate enrollment was 1,037.
Webb said that steps taken by the University to tighten
financial aid requirements and ensure that students are
progressing toward a degree are having a positive impact.
"The faculty and staff at Northwestern will continue
to work to attract bright, capable students," he said. "Our
enrollment figures are a reflection of the quality aca-
demic programs and top flight faculty and staff."
Webb pointed out that 84 percent of eligible academic
programs at NSU are nationally accredited. Those eli-
gible programs that are not accredited are seeking to
gain accreditation within two years.
Northwestern has also worked with its students to
make technology more available as approximately $2
million in student technology fees has or will be spent
on student computer labs and other technological en-
hancements. The University has also refurbished cer-
tain residence halls to create a better living/learning en-
"Over the past 2 1/2 years, serving the students more
effectively has been a top priority," said Webb. "I believe
the students understand we are working on their behalf
That has enabled us to attract students and do a better
job of retaining current students."
[7^ he College of Business at
c^ Northwestern State Univer-
sity wants to hear from its
alumni. The college is updating
its database of those who majored
in business at NSU.
Business alumni are asked to
contact Diane Mitchell during
regular business hours at (318)
357-5161 and provide a current
address and phone number. Infor-
mation can also be sent to: Col-
lege of Business, Russell Hall,
Northwestern State University,
Natchitoches, LA 71497 or by
e-mail to email@example.com.
The database will be used to assist in the formation of
the College of Business Alumni Association. Members
will receive a periodic newsletter, invitations to various
events and other benefits. Ill
The Demon Battalion at NSU has
begun a search for its alumni.
The Department of Military Science is
updating its database of those who
were members of the Demon Battalion.
Alumni of the group are asked to call the department
at (318) 357-5156 or (800) 217-6045 and provide a cur-
rent address and telephone number. Information, includ-
ing the year of graduation and the number of years spent
in the battalion should be included. That information
can also be sent to the Department of Military Science,
Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA 71497
or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The database will be used to better organize the
department's alumni organization. The department is
in the process of developing a newsletter for battalion
alumni which will include information on current bat-
talion activities and upcoming alumni events. lUI
Research ship named for
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
ship which conducts scientific surveys on marine life
in the Gulf of Mexico has been named for a graduate of
Louisiana State Normal College.
The "Relentless" was renamed the "USS Gordon
Gunter" during an official commissioning ceremony at
the National Marine Fisheries Service in Pascagoula,
Miss., last fall. Gunter, a 1929 graduate of the Normal
College, now known as Northwestern State University,
was director of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory from
1955 to 1971.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Senate
Majority Leader Trent Lott said Gunter was nominated
as the ship's namesake because of his contributions to
the science of marine fisheries.
"His impact has not been surpassed by any other in-
dividual," Lott said.
U.S. Commerce Secretary William M. Dailey said
Gunter has "dedicated his life to the study and teaching
of marine science in the Gulf region. His pioneering work
... has set the standard for continuing research."
The Gunter is the second largest fisheries research
ship in the United States. It is 224 feet with a beam of
43 feet and raft of 15 feet. The vessel began its career as
a Navy ship designed to pull acoustic cable in search of
It now conducts surveys and collects data on the health
and abundance of fishery resources in the Gulf of Mexico,
Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
Under Gunter's administration, the Gulf Coast Re-
search Laboratory began to grow rapidly in the 1960s
with the expansion of senior research personnel, sup-
port staff and the construction of six new buildings.
In 1961, he latmched the Gulf Research Reports, which
is a Gulf of Mexico scientific journal. He published 200
scientific papers, notes and 53 popular articles as well
as reviews and other publications on biological and con-
servation subjects. His scientific articles are cited in 79
Gunter earned his bachelor's degree from Louisiana
State Normal College and obtained his master's and doc-
torate degrees from the University of Texas. He died in
December 1998. JllJi
f\L*,^ Q<,U„^ W»v( "i^^ / ?
j] t was a time of meeting new friends at the Rendez-
Uvous, of staking claim on six inches of Fieldhouse floor
space for dances and learning how to sing the Alma Mater
off key and without the words.
Members of the Class of 1949 at Northwestern State
College will have the opportunity to reflect on those and
other memories when they are honored on their Golden
The Golden Jubilee celebration is being held in con-
junction with Northwestern State University's 115th
commencement exercises on May 7.
Members of the Golden Jubilee class will enjoy lunch
at Just Friends in the Natchitoches National Landmark
District, a bus tour of the city and campus and a president's
reception honoring the classes of 1949 and 1999.
At 6 p.m., members of the Class of '49 will again make
that commencement walk to receive their 50-year diplomas.
On Saturday, members of the Class of '49 will be in-
ducted into the "50-Plus Club," as part of the group's
annual luncheon. The luncheon will be held in Vic's in
the Friedman Student Union
Northwestern State University's Alumni Association
is looking to update the addresses for several mem-
bers of the Class of 1949. Any alumnus who knows how
to get in touch with these people should contact the
Alumni Center at (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799-6486 with
John L. McConnell
Kenneth G Moti
Eva Loyce Stubblefield
Malcolm E Thomas
Sara Louise Woodlin
Eldridge A Bradford
Myrtle Marie Brannon
Hazel Camille Breithaupt
Frances Mary Bringhurst
Jack Milton Butler
Frank Dennis Cantrell Jr.
Billie June Daum
Julius A, DeBroeck
Betty Louise Droddy
Howard F Finley Jr.
Elizabeth Anne Hawkins
Willie OQuinn Houston
Betty Jo Jackson
Milton E Kizer
Roy J Kunce
James C McCalister
Hollis Glen McKinney
Odessa M McNaughton
Mamie Elizabeth Melton
Rachael Cynthia Mouser
John Claybern Propes
Carl F Quainlance
Billy G Quinn
Malcolm Peyton Russell
Jack S. Ryland
Laura Jean Smith
Raymond Franklin Smith
John D. Thompson
William Tyler Welch
Gladys Hammett Ballard
Johnnie M Bankens Jr
Lester Francille Bass
Gladys French Drane
Olive Shelton Eagles
Mary Christian Elkins
Aline M. Hankins
John Page Harrington Jr.
Dois Glynn Harvey
Gene Hill McConnell
Bobbie J. Shamburger
Billy Roy Snead
Charles E Villemarette
James J. Weeks
James Whitfield Williamson
Inez Pruitt Willis
Alma Newman Zwick
Annie Virginia Allen
William Thomas Barber
Johnnie Mae Campbell
Mary Catherine Clark
Tom Louis Ellen
Quentin D. Erickson
Cullen G Glass
Alvin Ray Head
Herbert I. Honeycutt
Ray C Mayo
Billie Sue Orr
Rosa Lee Rhodes
Carl B Salsbury
Hazel Janice Simpson
James W Tangney
Julius C. Tarver
Earle Landrum Temple
Virginia Ruth Thomas
Billie Frances Blazier
Jimmy C Bradshaw
Wilma Aline Craig
Sara Gale Fisher
Emma Kathenne Hawkins
Billie Jo Johnson
M. Mane Smith
Alice Virginia Trammel
Martha Anne Pixley
Mildred Ruth Wells
Harold Ray Carpenter
Oliver Chris Caver Jr
Richard C. Duggan
Reggie A Hebert
Samuel Sledge Holladay
William Hood McLeod
John Robert Mitchell
Milton R. Orendorff
Miriam E Sorbet
June Kathenne Wallace
Wyatt J. Westbrook
Mildred Nelson Wilson
Emily Virginia Dupree
James Vernon Jordan
Mrs Sammy A Wallace Dyson
Philip R. White
Though it's nearly six months away,
plans are being made for Northwestem's
The weekend of events is set for Oct. 29-30
and will culminate with Northwestem's
Demon footbaU team taking on Southwest
Texas State University on Saturday, Oct. 30.
More information on the weekend
events will be announced in the Summer
and Fall issues of the Columns.
'orth western State University's Office of Alumni
Affairs and the Office of Greek Life are encour-
aging all Greek alumni to mark the weekend of Sept.
17-18 on their calendars.
The second annual All-Greek reunion has been set for
that weekend, which marks the opening weekend of
Northwestern home football games and a good time for
Greek alumni to return to the university and partici-
pate in a variety of activities.
While the fraternities and sororities plan different
activities for their alumni throughout the weekend,
Northwestem's Office of Alumni Affairs and the Office
of Greek Life also plan events such as the tailgate party
prior to the football game against Tarlton State.
Organizers said last year's All-Greek event was a suc-
cess, and this year's event will include few changes.
More specific activities will be planned as the week-
end approaches. ^11
The 17th annual Chris Roper Memorial Golf Tour-
nament, sponsored by the Northwestern State
University Office of Alumni Affairs and the Department
of Health and Human Performance, was held Saturday,
April 24 at the Robert W. Wilson Recreation Complex in
Roper died in a traffic accident over the Christmas
hohdays in 1982. A native of Camden, Ark., Roper was
a senior at Northwestern and the top golfer on the 1981
Demon squad. He was a member of the Trans-Ameri-
can All Conference team, placing ninth in the league
Tournament proceeds will be used for scholarships in
Health and Human Performance.
f\tl„*t^ C«U.«Kf<4 Sf</U*^ ',
The profession of nursing is a 24-hour, seven day a week job and Mary
Catherine Googe wants to make sure the nurses under her direction have
what they need to provide the best possible care.
Googe is the senior vice president for patient services at Wilhs-Knighton Health
Systems in Shreveport. She earned a master of science in nursing from NSU in
Googe has held her current position for two years. She has worked at Willis-
Knighton for 20 years as surgical patient care coordinator, director of nursing
and chief nursing officer. Before that, Googe was a staff nurse at Schumpert
Medical Center for 10 years and a home health nursing supervisor for Upjohn
Health Care Services.
"My mother and grandmother were both nurses. They were the biggest in-
fluence on me," said Googe. "My grandmother was taught by a doctor. My mother
was a trained nurse. I spent a lot of time watching them."
After earning her bachelor's in nursing, Googe decided to attend graduate
school at NSU.
"After a time, it became obvious to me that I needed more education," said
Googe. "I saw that change was occurring and I needed additional training to be
able to do my job better.
"Northwestern provided the program I needed. It was a very prestigious
program that was well known. The master's program was perfect for me be-
cause of the level of clinical involvement."
Googe worked closely with faculty members Pat Moxley, Marie Allen, Arlene
Airhart and Claudette Verichio while in graduate school. She said that two
decades ago when she was in graduate school, few nurses sought advanced
"The faculty interacted a great deal with the students. They helped you work
through problems," said Googe. "They were always there to work with you and
help you learn to think outside of the box. The faculty wanted you to learn to
solve problems in new and better ways."
Googe oversees the nursing and other departments at two Willis-Knighton
hospitals in Shreveport and another in Bossier City. A third Willis-Knighton
hospital will soon open in south Shreveport.
"Very few people go into nursing with the objective of being in administra-
tion," she said. "You begin as a staff nurse and begin to want to try new ideas.
I thought I could have more influence over patient care by going into manage-
In her job, Googe regularly works with professionals in the laboratories,
radiology, social services and other areas of the hospital.
"I try to make sure that we get the best individual care for patients," said
Googe. "That means the right people with the best training, resources and tech-
nology are brought together. Today, things are so complex that nurses cannot
do everything." "31
'25 Marie Toups is a retired school princi-
pal living in Lockport.
'29 Helen Cain Lee is the president of Cain-
Lee ( insurance/loans/real estate) in DeRidder. She
has one child and two granddaughters.
'32 Irene Lawton Sibley taught school for
12 years in Caddo Parish. She is the owner-
manager of a cotton farm in Shreveport.
'34 Guthrie Pierson Jr. is an attorney
(semiretired) with the law firm of Milling, Benson
Woodward. He and his wife live in New Orleans.
They have six children.
'43 Etoile Richey is a self-employed piano
tuner She lives in Shreveport and has three
'49 .'knita Zeagler Fleming lives in San
'49 Chester O'Quin Jr married Mary Jo
Gautreaux O'Quin ("49). They Hve in Alexandria.
Chester is a retired senior auditor
'49 Margie Moore Rike retired from Citgo
Petroleum after 32 years. Prior to that she taught
for four years at Sulphur High. She and her hus-
band still live in Sulphur. They have two chil-
dren and two grandchildren.
'49 Odell Moore married Mary McLeod
Moore ('48). They live in Atlanta, Texas and have
three children and four grandchildren. Odell re-
tired from United Energy Resources as an em-
ployee relations representative.
'53 Winnie Dowden Wyatt lives in Grape-
vine, Texas. She and her husband have four sons.
'56 Harry Moore is retired and lives in
Shreveport. He married Betty Smith Moore ('56).
They have two children.
'57 Fannie Garb Hall is retired. She and
her husband live in Mandeville. They have three
'57 Willard Booty was a principal for 30
years and is now a timber buyer-consultant for
Forest Tech in Hornbeck. He and his wife live in
DeQuincy. They have two children and two
'58 Anna Golmon Miller is retired and
lives in Greensburg. She has two children.
'58 Perry Winn married Christelle Walus
Winn (NSU employee). They have two children.
'59 Patsy Bradford Bates married Wayne
Bates ('59). They live in Jena and have four chil-
dren. Patsy is a retired teacher and Wayne is
owner/agent ofWayne Bates State Farm Insurance.
'59 Pauline Dupree Zaunbrecher is the
director of community education for Southwest
Ambulatory Behavioral Services. She and her
husband live in Crowley. They have four children.
'59 Ray Sawyer married Dolores Young
Sawyer ('60). Ray is president and Dolores is
senior vice president of Budget Host Interna-
tional. They live in Arlington, Texas, and have
'60 Pat Roshto Wallace retired from the
Baton Rouge Mental Health Clinic as a psychi-
atric staff nurse. She and her husband live in
Baton Rouge. They have one daughter and one
'60 N. Paul "Toddy" Vincent and Ted Rob-
erts ('60) attended the Louisiana GOP Conven-
tion in Baton Rouge. Ted was there as a member
of the Shreveport delegation and Paul was sim-
ply a spectator enjoying the debate.
'61 Billy Cone received a master's degree
from NSU in 1971. He is a retired U.S. Army
colonel. He and his wife live in McCormick, S.C.
They have two children.
'61 Jerry Lasiter Hampton is a clinical co-
ordinator/PACU at Baylor Medical Center Irving.
She lives in Piano, Texas, and has four children.
'65 Crawford Williams retired after 31
years of teaching. He now works for Lewis Fu-
neral Home in Magnolia, Ark. He lives in
Haynesville and has four children.
'65 Edgar Bryan III married Barbara
Martin Bryan ('65). They work for Wyoming
Southern Baptist Convention in Casper, Wyo.
Edgar is director of Associational Missions with
North American Missions Board, SBC, and Bar-
bara is the North American Mission Board Mis-
sionary, SBC. They live in Kemmerer and have
'65 Patricia "Patsy" Gaspard Hicks is a
speech pathologist for Humble Independent School
District and is also a part-time linguistics instruc-
tor for Region IV Education Service Center She
lives in Kingwood, Texas, and has three children.
'66 Judge Nikki Towry DeShazo of the
Dallas County Probate Court recently took office
as president of the National College of Probate
Judges in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband
have three children.
'68 John Brown received a master's degree
from NSU in 1971. He married AHce Young
Brown ('66). They have two children. John is
dean of workforce development for Houston Com-
munity College System in Houston, Texas.
'68 Joseph Cosumano Jr. received a
master's degree from NSU in 1970. He is a ma-
jor general in the U.S. Army stationed at the Pen-
tagon in Washington, D.C. He and his wife live
in Fort Belvoir, Va., and have two children.
'69 Dorothy Troudt was promoted to the
rank of sergeant by the Caddo Parish sheriff. In
her new assignment she will be a shift supervi-
sor at the Caddo Correctional Center.
ALu..,.^ n^L....^ <u^:^ 'iem / ^C\
Patricia Thompson vividly remembers the advice she once received about
being a teacher. That advice has shaped the way she prepares her students.
Thompson, a 1970 graduate of NSU in nursing, is the associate dean for
baccalaureate education and department chair of nursing education at the
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing. She is also the
incoming president of Sigma Theta Tau International, a nursing honor society.
"I remember something Clara Gates once said to me when I thanked her for
all she had done for me," said Thompson. "She told me from her perspective, the
goal of a teacher was to help their students grow, then go out and be better than
Thompson has been at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Col-
lege of Nursing since 1992. She was a member of the nursing faculty at NSU
from 1981 until 1992 and was a faculty member at TCU from 1971 until 1981.
While on North western's faculty, she worked as a part-time staff nurse in pedi-
atrics at Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport.
At NSU, she was involved in a prenatal care program at the Sunbeam-Oster
plant in Coushatta which was featured on ABC World News Tonight and in
national magazines including Business Week, Fortune and Newsweek.
"I don't know what initially got me interested in nursing. I just knew that I
wanted to work with and take care of people," said Thompson. "Seeing all the
nursing faculty that Northwestern had gave me a number of role models to
follow. Clara Gates encouraged me to get my master's, and then I figured I
should go ahead and get my doctorate."
Aside from Gates, Thompson said she was also influenced by faculty mem-
bers Beth Hayes, Sara Hearn and Ann Oberle.
Thompson became involved with Sigma Theta Tau while in graduate school
at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She became more involved with
the organization over the next 25 years.
"I was impressed by Sigma Theta Tau's emphasis on scholarship and leader-
ship," said Thompson. "After getting more involved, I set a goal of becoming
president of the organization."
With the help of chapters at Northwestern and the University of Arkansas
for Medical Sciences College of Nursing, Thompson was named president elect
in 1997. She will take over as president this year and serve for two years.
"I have been able to accomplish this with help from my friends and colleagues,"
said Thompson. "I have achieved a great deal of personal and professional growth
by having the opportunity to be involved with a number of exciting, dynamic
While serving as president, Thompson hopes to help nurses learn how to
better educate the public about their role in health care dehvery. MI
70 Lester Dalme married Pamela Kurz
Dalme (72). They live in Hattiesburg, Miss., and
have two children and one grandchild. Lester is presi-
dent and CEO of Chahta Enterprise in Philadelphia.
70 Richard "Dick" Concilia is principal of
Bossier Achievement Center He and his wife live
in Bossier City. They have two children-one at-
71 Mary Broussard York Viator is a
teacher at Coteau Elementary in New Iberia. She
lives in Youngsville and has four children.
7 1 Sherry Strickland Stewart is a science
teacher at Richland High School in North
Richland Hills, Texas. She and her husband live
in Southlake. They have two children.
71 Tommy Bailey is married and lives in
Houston, Texas. He is a loss control consultant
with Royal and Sunalliance.
72 Charles Boudreau received a master's
degree from NSU in 1986. He retired from the
Caddo Pari.sh School Board after 25 years and is
currently the elementary physical education di-
rector at Elysian Fields Elementary in Elysian
Fields, Texas. He and his wife live in Shreve-
port. They have three children.
72 Judy Wester lives in Natchitoches. She
is district manager of Natchitoches Adult Proba-
tion and Parole.
73 Kirby Campbell is director of internal
audit at Northeast Louisiana University in Mon-
roe. He and his wife have one child.
74 Gloria Martin Hewlett is retired from
the Mesquite ISD. She and her husband live in
Dallas, Texas. They have two children.
75 Michael Allain received a master's de-
gree from NSU in 1976. He is the western area
director of sales for Graphic Controls Corpora-
tion of Buffalo, N.Y. He and his wife live in
Kenner They have one child.
'76 Ronald Kern is married and lives in
Ponchatoula. He is a district manager for Calgon
Corporation in Baton Rouge.
'77 Mary Ackel Odom received a master's
degree from NSU in 1980. She married John
Wayne Odom ('71). They live in Natchitoches.
Mary is a coordinator of financial aid and client
services at NSU.
'78 David Greer is an assistant legislative
auditor and director of performance audit for the
Louisiana Legislative Auditor in Baton Rouge.
He and his wife live in Denham Springs. They
have four children.
'79 Michael Mana was recently married.
He and his wife live in Macon, Ga. Michael is a
quality manager/MBB for GE Capital.
'80 Bobbie Myrick Hataway lives in Dry
Prong. She teachers for the Louisiana Depart-
ment of Education in Baton Rouge.
'82 David La Vere is married. He is an
associate professor of history at the University
of North Carolina at Wilmington. He recently
had two books published: "Life Among the Texas
Indians" and "The Caddo Chiefdoms."
'82 Eric Barkley married Shannon Liddle
Barkley (attended NSU). They live in Little Rock,
Ark., and have two children. Eric is director of
community and governmental affairs for ARKLA
Gas Company, a division of Houston Industries.
'83 Kathy Corley Williamson is married
and lives in Shreveport. She is production coor-
dinator for Boeing-Military Aircraft and Missile
'83 W Peyton Cunningham III is a dentist
practicing in Shreveport. He specializes in pros-
thodontics. He and his wife have two children.
'84 James Kevin Bartholomew was pro-
moted to vice president of Ben E. Keith Beers.
He will be responsible for the daily sales and op-
eration of the eight Ben E. Keith beer branches.
He and his wife live in Fort Worth, Texas, and
have two children.
'84 Mary Unger Youngblood married
David Youngblood ('91). Mary is a staff nurse at
the Natchitoches Parish Hospital and David is a
weekend nursing supervisor in Many. They have
'84 Michael Boyd is the Chicago district
service manager for Square D Co. in
Bloomingdale, 111. He and his wife live in St.
Charles and have six children.
'84 Susan Goodwin Ware is an assistant
professor at Louisiana Tech University School of
Nursing in Ruston. Susan is married and has
four children. They live in Monroe.
'85 Amanda Jones Bomm received a
master's degree from NSU in 1997. She is a spe-
cial education teacher for the Natchitoches Parish
School Board. She and her husband live in
Coushatta. They have two children.
'85 Bradford Bates received a master's
degree from NSU in 1988. He is a music teacher
for the LaSalle Parish School System in Jena.
'86 Christi Moore received a master's de-
gree from NSU in 1988. She is director of high
school relations at USL in Lafayette.
'86 Rita Ravare is a human resources spe-
cialist/counselor with the Department of Justice/
DEA in San Francisco, Calif She lives in Hayward.
'87 Leslie Gregory Gruesbeck received a
master's degree from NSU in 1994. She married
Steven Gruesbeck ('97). They live in Hattiesburg,
Miss. Leslie is marketing director/gallery cura-
tor for Albert & Associates Architects.
'87 Reginald Horton received a master's
degree from NSU in 1990. He married Gloria
Coutee Horton ('96). Reginald is a readjustment
counselor for the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs in Shreveport. He and his wife live in
'88 Carole Smith Rankin is married. She
is the secretary for Community Bible Church in
'88 Kay Terry is an associate professor of
education at Western Kentucky University. She
lives in Bowling Green, Ky., and has six children.
fiL*,^ CcL**^ SfA^ 1W / 11
P^oFm/ Class Noies
'88 Michele Lavergne Elter is married and
has two children. She is a dentist in Carencro.
'89 Troy Murray married Rhonda Arthur
Murray ('90). Troy is a quahty environmental
safety supervisor for Hood Industries and Rhonda
is a certified pharmacy technician for Bates Phar-
macy. They live in Coushatta and have one child.
'90 Victoria Manziano Villemarette is an
administrative service representative for Norwest
Financial in Alexandria. She and her husband
have one child.
'9 1 Amy Gill is director of membership and
marketing for Girl Scouts Susitna Council in
'91 Greg Ashlock is director of sports sales
at Xtra Sports 1150-Los Angeles in Burbank,
Calif He is married and has four children. They
live in Valencia.
'91 Lisa Williams Kelley is married and
has one child. She is regional transitional coor-
dinator for the Department of Health and Hospi-
tals in Monroe.
'91 Mary Edith Whitehead Stacy married
James Stacy ('90). They live in Natchitoches.
Mary received a master's degree from NSU in
1996. She is director of auxiliary services at NSU.
'91 Ronald Wright Jr received a master's
degree from NSU in 1996. He married Susan
Porter Wright (attended '90-'91). They have one
child. Ronald is director of the Office of Informa-
tion Technology at LSTI-Eunice.
'91 Steve Lewis received an alternative
teaching certificate from NSU in 1994. He is a
school guidance counselor at J.S. Clark Middle
School in Shreveport and lives in Lisbon.
'92 Candace Lanoue Metz is a first grade
teacher at Slaughter Elementary. She and her
husband live in Jackson. They have two children.
'92 David Clark is married and has one
child. He is an attorney with the law firm of
Scofield, Gerard, Veron, Singletary and
Pohorelsky in Lake Charles.
'92 Evan Taylor is an electronic media art
director with JWT Specialized Communications
in Dallas, Texas.
'92 Gwen Normand Cobb of Alexandria is
married and has one child. She is director of so-
cial service at LSUMC, Huey P. Long Hospital,
'92 Kelle Wilson is a hearing impaired
teacher for the Lafayette Parish School Board.
'92 Kirk Long is married and lives in
Youngsville. He is an administrator at Park Place
Surgery Center in Lafayette.
'92 Lisa Beaird Shoalmire married Charles
Shoalmire Jr ('93). They have one child. Lisa is a
staff attorney for Texas Court of Appeals and Charles
is a RN in the radiology department at Wadley Re-
gional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.
'92 Scott Venus is a healthcare represen-
tative for Chamberlin-Edmonds & Associates in
Atlanta, Ga. He lives in Doraville.
'92 Wanda Nelms Bourque married
Damon Bourque ('92). They live in Glenmora.
Wanda is an accountant for Certified Computer
Consultants in Alexandria and Damon is a qual-
ity assurance manager with Baker Manufactur-
ing Co. in Pineville.
'93 Anabel Perez Pereda lives in Hurlburt
93 Bruce Burback teachers at Walnut Hill
ElemiMtary/Middle School in Shreveport.
'93 Jennifer Moreau Flagg received a
master's degree from NSU in 1995. She teach-
ers first grade at Creswell Elementary School in
Shreveport. She and her husband live in Bossier
City. They have one child.
'93 Paul Sklar is a CPA with Johnson,
Thomas & Cunningham in Natchitoches.
'93 Karen Hershey Boehm is an educa-
tion director at Literacy Council of Tyler- Youth
Division at the Castle. She lives in Tyler, Texas,
with her husband and one child.
'93 Karen Rivers Tanner lives in Noble.
She and her husband have two children. Karen
is assistant director for DeSoto Regional Home
Health in Mansfield.
'93 Lisa Bowman is retail market man-
ager of CenturyTel in Columbus, Miss. She lives
'93 Rebecca Davis Saunders married Ja-
son Saunders ('95). Rebecca is senior customer
account representative for Bridgestone/Firestone
and Jason is a crisis/assessment counselor with
Mental Health Cooperative in Nashville, Tenn.
They live in Mt. Juliet.
'93 Yolanda Craig Laroux is a special edu-
cation teacher at Zwolle Intermediate School.
She is married and has three children.
'94 Anna Sepulvado Fletcher is a fitness
aide for San Juan Wellness Center in
Farmington, N.M. She and her husband live in
'94 Felicia Lawson is a teacher for the
Natchitoches Parish School Board. She lives in
'94 Kimberly Harris is a physical educa-
tion teacher at Wedgewood Elementary in Ba-
'94 Laurie Coco is a senior accountant
with United Agents Holdings in Baton Rouge.
'94 Mark Lipa is a loan officer at City
Bank and Trust Company. He and his wife live
'94 Michael Guthrie is a school nurse for
the Caddo Parish Schools in Shreveport. He and
his wife live in Vivian. They have five children.
'94 Rachel Hancock Rose married David
Rose ('94). They live in Winnsboro, Texas, and
have one child. Rachel is a full time housewife.
'94 Thomas Fett married Mamye Cannon
Fett ('95). They have eight children and live in
Breaux Bridge. Thomas is the director of opera-
tions at Med-South L.L.C. in Baton Rouge.
'94 Wendy Hicks is a dental assistant for
Dr. Larry Brunson in The Woodlands, Texas. She
lives in Kingwood.
'95 Bonnye Busbice is a customer service
representative for Jackson County Bank. She
and her husband live in Seymour, Ind.
'95 David Jones married Brandi Pickett
Jones ('96). He is a tax administrator for the
Tax Agency in Coushatta.
'95 Debi Cost is the director of business
development at Engineering Fire Investigation
in Houston, Texas.
'95 Gail Adkins is an attorney for the 23rd
Judicial District Court in Gonzales. She and her
husband live in Baton Rouge. They have three
'95 Heather Evans Overdyke is a RN at
Palmetto Richland Memorial Children's Hospi-
tal. She is married and fives in Columbia, S.C.
'95 James Guillory is married and lives in
Deville. He and his wife have one child. James
is a traffic management specialist with Louisi-
ana Army National Guard at Camp Beauregard
'95 Last summer Jerry Mullins worked as
a stand-in and photo double on Tom Clancey's new
television movie, Netforce; he was also an extra
on Showtime's new series, called Line's; and he
performed a staged play reading for the Blue
Ridge Theatre Festival in Harrisonburg, Va.
Jerry attends graduate school and lives in Rich-
'95 Kathy Green Mathews is a RN at
Rapides Medical Center in Alexandria. She and
her husband live in Pineville. They have one
'95 Leah Wilson lives in Pensacola, Fla.
where she is a physical therapist at the Baptist
'95 Lynn Abernathy Avret is a forecast
analyst with Dresser Industries. She lives in
Pineville with her husband and two children.
'95 Shannon Youngblood Cox is a RN at
Willis-Knighton Home Health in Shreveport. She
is married and has one child.
'95 Shauniki Brailey Williams is a social
services family advocate for Spanish Speaking
Unity Council in Oakland, Calif She married
Toriano Williams (attended '93-'94). They five in
Richmond and have one child.
'96 Brandon Gosserand is married and
lives in Ventress. He is in charge of the plant
operations at Nanya Plastics in Batchelor
'96 Cassondra Savoy is a marketing copy-
writer for Grand Casino Coushatta in Kinder
She and her husband live in Iowa.
'96 Cheryl Blalock will be married in April
of 1999. She is a materials management system
coordinator at Jacobs Engineering Group in Ba-
'96 Chris Knighten Wiley is a RN at
Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport. She
is married and lives in Keithville.
'96 Christie Bradford is a sixth grade read-
ing teacher at LaMarque Middle School in
'96 Collette Green Brown married Steven
Brown ('94). They have one child. Collette is a RN
at Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport.
'96 Da'shaun Howard Baker is a graphic
artist with the Alexandria Daily Town Talk. She
and her husband live in Pineville.
'96 Dawn Vallery is a client service repre-
sentative for Management Insights. She lives in
'96 Kathryn Clark Wimmert is a counse-
lor at LSU-Alexandria. She has two children.
'96 Melissa Mabou Foshee married Tho-
mas Foshee III ('95). Melissa is a medical repre-
sentative for Muro Pharmaceutical in Baton
Rouge. Thomas is a biological engineer with Ecol-
ogy and Environment of Baton Rouge. They live
in Denham Springs.
'96 Nikole Neuner lives in New Orleans
and is currently attending UNO.
'96 Patricia Teague is an account execu-
tive vrith Cincinnati Enquirer. She lives in Cin-
'96 Thomas Worsham FV is associate pas-
tor and minister of students at Salem Baptist
Church in Stonewall.
fiL-n^ QcLm*^ ^^ W^ / 12
'97 Denise Webster Ellison works for the
Department of Defense Dependent Schools in
Germany. She teaches first grade at Ramstein
AFB. She and her husband live in Kaiserslautem,
'97 Diana Martinez Rivers has two chil-
dren and lives in Lafayette. She is a staff nurse
at Lafayette General Medical Center
'97 Heather Dillon is pursuing a master's
of social work at UTA in Arlington, Texas.
'97 James Crotty married Leah Manning
Grotty ('97). James is a mortgage banker for Cen-
tral Pacific Mortgage and an assistant coach for
California State Men's Golf Leah is a graduate
student at California State University. They live
'97 1st Lt. Jennifer Merrell lives in Au-
gusta, Ga. She is a military intelligence officer
with the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Gordon.
'97 JoAnna Descant Milholen is married
and lives in Shreveport. She is a RN for Webster
Parish Health Unit in Minden.
'97 Karen Johnson Rabalais married
Andre Rabalais ('98). JCaren is a social studies
teacher at Southside Jr High School in Denham
Springs and Andre is employed with Bank One.
They live in Baton Rouge.
'97 Kathryn Boyd Merritt is married. She
is a RN in ICU at Doctors Hospital in Shreve-
'97 Lisa Cockerham-Bailey is a graduate
student at Louisiana Tech University. She and
her husband live in Shreveport.
'97 Stephanie Stanton VanGossen is a RN
at Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport.
She is married and has two boys.
'97 Tiffanie Cain is an eighth grade
teacher at Zwolle Intermediate School. She lives
in Many and has one child.
'98 Teri Evans is a computer programmer/
analyst for Electronic Data Systems in Austin,
'28 Ms. Beatrice Williams, Lake Charles.
'29 Dr Gordon P. Gunter, Ocean Springs,
Miss., December 19, 1998.
'32 Mrs. Don F. Guyton, Houston, Texas,
October 11, 1998.
'39 James "Jack" Flores, Bastrop, Decem-
ber 10, 1998.
'39 Oliver E. Ballard, Franklinton, July 10,
'40 Corinne Duffy, Baton Rouge, June 23,
'41 Tessie Schexnaidre Dufour, Alexan-
dria, September 21, 1998.
'53 Thomas J. Latham, Ferriday, August
'59 NormanTerry,Bullard, Texas, Septem-
ber 21, 1998.
'66 Alton L. Townsend Jr., Natchitoches.
'75 Frankie Muffoletto, Lindale, Texas,
Please fill this page out as completely as possible. We are constantly
revising our records and your information updates are vital to making the
system work. The information from this form is also used for entries in the
"Class Notes" section. Please make a copy of this page and give it to any
NSU graduate who may not be on our list. We can't keep in touch with
you if we can't find you! Thank you.
NSU Undergraduate Degree(s):
NSU Graduate Degree(s):
Years Attended NSU :
Organizations involved with at NSU:
Place of Employment
Spouse NSU Graduate?.
Number of Children:
Please return to: Alumni Center
Northwestern State University
Natchitoches, LA 71497
If you would like information from Admissions, Financial Aid or the NSU
Athletic Association, you can contact them at the following address:
Director of Admissions
Room 103, Roy Hall
Natchitoches, LA 71497
800-426-3754 (in state)
800-327-1903 (out of state)
Director of Financial Aid
Room 109, Roy Hall
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Northwestern State University recently received the largest private donation
in its 111-year history, a gift of approximately $600,000 from the estate of Miss
Alice E. Dear of Alexandria. Those present for the donation included family attor-
ney Jack Brittain Sr., Rev. Joe Bordelon, executor of the Dear Estate and
NSU Foundation Board member Karl Moore ('60, '74), President Randall Webb, Head
of the Mrs. H.D. Dear, Sr. and Alice E. Dear Department of Creative and Perform-
ing Arts Bill Brent, and Director of Institutional Advancement Tony Gustwick.
Northwestern State University
Natchitoches, LA 71497-0002